US: DC group votes to rename street Jamal Khashoggi Way

Changing name of street in front Saudi embassy needs approval from city council

Umar Farooq   | 29.11.2018
US: DC group votes to rename street Jamal Khashoggi Way

Washington DC

By Umar Farooq


A group here voted in favor of changing the name of the street in front of the Saudi embassy to Jamal Khashoggi Way, sending a message to the international community and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to reports.

The Advisory Neighborhood Commission moved to support the name change after the slain journalist during a meeting Wednesday.

Nihad Awad, the head for the Council of American-Islamic Relations, the U.S.’s largest civil rights group, told Anadolu Agency at a memorial for Khashoggi, his group was working on the change.

The change needs approval from the District of Colombia City Council.

The meeting Wednesday occurred after a vote in the Senate moved to support advancing a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen.

The resolution will now be taken up on the Senate floor, where it will be debated next week.

Many politicians in Washington have grown critical of U.S. President Donald Trump's reaction to the killing, after the CIA concluded Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of the Saudi national after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul early last month.

After initially saying he had left the consulate alive, Saudi Arabia admitted weeks later that he was killed there.

The U.S. administration of Donald Trump has indicated it will continue to support Saudi Arabia, despite the killing.

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